Time: 4:27 p.m. CEST
President Barack Obama on Monday in Germany said he approved up to 250 additional special operations forces, which will be sent to Syria in the coming weeks. Obama talked in Hannover, Germany during the second day of his official visit. “Just as I approved additional support for Iraqi forces against ISIL, I’ve decided to increase U.S. support for local forces fighting ISIL in Syria, a small number of special operations forces are already on the ground in Syria and their expertise has been critical as local forces have driven ISIL out of key areas,” Obama said. “So given their success I’ve approved the deployment of up to 250 additional U.S. personnel in Syria including special forces to keep up this momentum,” the president said.
Obama explained the troops will not be leading the fight on the ground. Instead, they would give support in training for the local forces. “So make no mistake these terrorists will learn the same lesson as others before them have, which is ‘your hatred is no match for our nations united in the defense of our way of life,'” Obama explained. Total combat forces in Syria will raise to 300. Despite, Obama said that international community will purse for the diplomatic solution on Syria.